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Lancashire Parking Fine – Should I Pay or Ignore? 2022

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Should you pay or ignore a Lancashire parking fine? Find out what happens if you ignore a PCN issued by Lancashire County Council. I’ll also be sharing how to make a payment and how you can reduce the amount you owe by 50%. Find out everything you need to know to help you decide to pay or ignore the fine.

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances, parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

What is a Lancashire Parking Fine?

Lancashire County Council can issue a parking fine, also called a Penalty Notice Charge, PCN. These are fines for committing parking offences and certain driving offences. The parking fine can be sent through the post for offences that were caught on camera. Alternatively, you may have found the fine attached to your vehicle.

The purpose of the fines is to maintain road safety, improve traffic flow and ensure emergency service vehicles and public transportation aren’t obstructed. Lancashire County Council issues ONCs on behalf of Wyre, South Ribble, and Lancashire. Money received from fines is put into highway-related schemes and parking services in Lancashire.

Once you receive a parking fine you have a set time to make payment. You can choose to pay, or you can challenge the fine if you don’t agree with it. You could also decide to ignore the fine. However, ignoring a parking fine will only result in larger fines and potential visits from enforcement agents.

Enforced Parking Restrictions

There are multiple reasons why you may have received a PCN. The council enforce many parking restrictions, including:

  • Vehicles parked outside bay markings
  • Parking on yellow lines
  • Vehicles left parked for longer than the ticket permits
  • Parked without displaying a permit
  • Parking at a bus stop or bus lane

How Long Do You Have to Pay a Parking Ticket?

You have 28 days to pay the fine before any further actions and fees are applied. If you decide to pay within 14 days of receiving the parking fine the amount you owe will be reduced by 50%. You have several ways to make a payment.

Pay Your Parking Fine Online

Use the online payment service to pay the Lancashire County Council parking fine. You need to enter the PCN number along with your vehicle registration number.

Pay Over the Phone

You may prefer the option of paying online. The Lancashire County Council parking fine contact number is 0300 600 0010. The council accept the following debit/credit cards:

  • MasterCard
  • Delta
  • Maestro
  • Solo
  • Visa

How to Contact Lancashire County Council

If you have any questions relating to your parking fine, you can call 0300 123 6713. They will help you with any questions you have. You can’t use this line to make a payment as it is for queries only. Wait 24 hours after receiving your PCN before calling the council. This gives enough time for the details of the PCN to go onto the system.

What Happens If I Don’t Pay?

There are repercussions to be aware of if you choose not to pay a Lancashire County Council Parking Fine. The council will issue a Notice to the Owner to the registered owner of the vehicle. You will need to pay the total amount of the fine at this stage. If you still fail to make payment the council will register the debt. Court action will follow, and bailiffs may be used to pursue the debt.

Can You Challenge a Penalty Charge Notice?

You can challenge a Lancashire PCN providing you haven’t paid the fine. Once you pay the fine you admit liability. Providing you haven’t paid you can challenge and appeal, which you must submit in writing.

Use my free parking fine appeal letter template to construct your appeal letter. You can use the online appeals service to make your challenge. Be sure to include your vehicle registration number and PCN number in all communications. State your case clearly and be sure to include as much supporting evidence as possible. You may wish to send witness statements, letters from medical providers, breakdown services, garage invoices, receipts, or photographic evidence.

If you have supporting documents, you must use the downloadable form, fill it in and send it with your documents to Lancashire Parking Services, PO Box 1023, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3ZA.

If you are successful in your appeal your parking fine is cancelled and you won’t have to pay anything. However, you must not submit a fraudulent claim as this can result in further legal action against you.

What Happens if The Council Reject Your Challenge?

Lancashire council aim to respond to parking fine appeals within 20 days. If you submit the challenge within the 14-day discount period, you will still have the opportunity to pay the discounted rate if your appeal is rejected. If you send the appeal after the 14-day discount period expires, the full amount of the fine must be paid if your appeal fails.

If your informal and formal challenges are rejected you have the option to appeal to the Independent Parking Adjudicator. Their decision is final, and you must pay the fine if your appeal is rejected at this stage. Your parking fine becomes a registered debt and enforcement action can follow to recover the unpaid fine.

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat to an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

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Should You Ignore or Pay a Lancashire Parking Fine

The decision to pay, ignore or challenge a parking fine is one only you can make. However, I hope you found the information I shared in this article useful. If you ignore the parking fine, you risk increasing the amount you owe and facing bailiffs. Paying within 14 days reduces the amount you owe by half. Challenging or appealing can result in the cancellation of the fine.Please refer to the suggested articles below if you wish to learn more about parking ticket fines. I also recommend speaking to a debt advisor if you’re struggling to pay the parking ticket, or with money management in general. There is plenty of help available, for free.

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